The giant comes out to play in first trailer for Spielberg's The BFG

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Dec 11, 2015, 12:32 PM EST (Updated)

Steven Spielberg is going vintage Disney with his next flick The BFG, and here’s the first footage from what looks to be a timeless adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s classic.

The teaser trailer does an excellent job of setting the mood for this tale, which follows the young girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) as she discovers that giants are real — and makes friends with the Big Friendly Giant (aka the BFG), played by Mark Rylance. Spielberg seems right at home in this fantastical tale, and it’ll be fun to see him flex his family-friendly muscles again in a film that just oozes Spielberg-ian magic.

Here’s an excerpt from the official synopsis from Disney:

Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. 

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:


The film is set to open July 1, 2016.